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Complex Color Layering: It's All in the Planning

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May 05, 2020 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
May 06, 2020 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
May 07, 2020 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Complex Color Layering: It’s All in the Planning

Say good-bye to muddy tones and learn how to choose the correct colors for layering and shading without losing the brilliance of the specimen’s true color. Create deep, vivid but clean colors without compromising the form of the plant. Learn in which order to apply techniques such as resist, underpainting and embossing to build up pattern, fine detail and texture. Discover how to deconstruct your plant material and plan your approach to your finished colored pencil work. Using the techniques demonstrated, you will be able to tackle multiple colored and textured plant material with confidence.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or intermediate skills in colored pencils.

Fee: $365 member, $415 non-member.

Date(s): Tue-Thu, May 5-7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Ann Swan, UK


Ann Swan is one of the United Kingdom’s leading botanical artists working in pencil and colored pencil. She is well known for her fine detail, vibrant color and strong contemporary style. Awarded four Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, her work is represented in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and the RHS Lindley Library. She is an enthusiastic and nurturing teacher who runs regular workshops from her studio in Wiltshire and worldwide, this year visiting Spain, France, Italy and the United States. Her book “Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils” is a leader in its field.


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